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When Spell Queller enters the battlefield, exile target spell with converted mana cost 4 or less.
When Spell Queller leaves the battlefield, the exiled card's owner may cast that card without paying its mana cost.
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Spell Queller Discussion
4 hours ago
I think there are definitely going to be people experimenting with the card for sure. The place where this has legs that other similar cards like the already mentioned Disallow and company don't have is that they don't replace themselves when activated like Obstructionist does. 3 mana is still a lot of mana so it may never get legs, but it's very versatile as it can be a 3 mana uncounterable(almost) Squelch or a 3/1 evasive beater, which isn't going to be irrelevant either. Some sort of Aether Vial deck will probably love this the most alongside Spell Queller and the like.
This being an activated ability vs a spell to cast like Disallow already gives it more legs since it will be much harder to counter and replaces itself. It wouldn't surprise me if the card gets some play in Modern, but I'm not expecting it to be adopted by any decks either. It's interesting if nothing else.
3 days ago
Other than Tracker and Tamiyo, Field Researcher I don't see other needs for so much green. I think it would be better to focus more on a Azorius manabase and just splash green for Tracker and Tamiyo since they both only require a single green in their costs. I'm a huge fan of Sylvan Advocate, but being a two drop and wanting to be able to cast him turn two really messes up your manabase.
A primarily white with a blue and green splash manabase is better, this lets you play many double white casting cost cards which are the most powerful for your strategy.
Avacyn is one of the best tempo cards in Standard I would use her as a 4 of main deck. The same can be said about Gideon. The powerful curve of Queller into Gideon into Avacyn is what you're looking for.
You really want to play as much as you can at instant speed of course there are exceptions Gideon and Tracker, but they are both powerful enough that you don't mind tapping out for them. Bant colors allow you to play a lot at instant speed because of cycling. Censor and Cast Out are good tempo cards because of their instant cycling. Being able to cycle them for a draw if they aren't needed. I recommend you use a removal suite of Stasis and Cast main deck because of their instant speed and ability to hit any creature. Censor can slow down your opponent because they will not want to tap out for something without having an extra mana; they have to play around Censor or get punished for not. Declaration in Stone is fine in some matchups, Zombies, but I would put it in the sideboard and main deck instant removal in it's place.
- 4x Thraben Inspector
- 4x Spell Queller
- 3x Tireless Tracker
- 4x Archangel Avacyn Flip
- 4x Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
- 1x Tamiyo, Field Researcher
- 4x Censor
- 4x Stasis Snare
- 2x Cast Out
- 25x Lands
- 5x unfilled spots
Your best sideboard card is Fumigate because it's an actual board wipe and you will need it vs all the midrange that's now in Standard. Cataclysmic Gearhulk is not a good card because it gives your opponent choices. You want to be clearing the board with your board wipe not letting your opponent keep their best creature. Essence Scatter is also a good sideboard card right now because Standard is dominated by creatures.
Another card to consider for tempo is Baral's Expertise although not instant, being able to bounce up to three of your opponent's creatures and then play a Gideon or Tracker for free seems very good.
Good luck with your deck.
4 days ago
Now I say this from constant play testing with WU control, I also used approch as my win con.
Now if your meta really is mostly aggressive you might consider going Esper and making Gearhulk and Liliana, the Last Hope as your win cons. There is a list on my page of my esper control deck. It totally destroys any kind of aggro decks and anything that's creature heavy
4 days ago
@Queritz It would seem i misunderstood the rules. I looked up the rules behind spell queller found a judges article, it says "Spell Queller can be cast even if there are no spells on the stack. Creature spells never target, and if there are no legal targets for the trigger when the Queller enters, the trigger is simply removed from the stack and the Queller remains on the battlefield. If you want to use the Queller as a surprise blocker or just cast it at the end of your opponents turn, youre free to do that, even if there are no spells on the stack.Spell Quellers trigger is not optional: you have to target a spell if able. That means if you cast the Queller and the only spell on the stack is controlled by you, you have to target it and exile it." which would follow the rules you posted. It would seem Spell Queller isn't as useful as frogkill45 and i had previously thought. (sauce: https://blogs.magicjudges.org/articles/2016/11/11/modern-rules-problems-spell-queller/)
4 days ago
@Queritz imaging exiling Cloudshift though, then you Cloudshift the Spell Queller, casting Cloudshift on the Mulldrifter, drawing up to 8 cards with the 4 Panharmonicons, then the Spell Queller comes back into play, exile Cloudshift. This allows you to reuse a Cloudshift several times, 2 for 1. After having playtested a bit, can confirm, i Reflector Mage'd the Spell Queller back to hand to cast Essence Flux twice on Mulldrifter with 4 Panharmonicons on the battlefield drawing 24 cards.
5 days ago
TheBooman: It's part of the Gentry format; this isn't a regular Standard deck. I'm only allowed to have 4 rares/mythics, so I can't just replace Essence Scatter or Negate. I could consider the Sphinx, but Spell Queller is so easy to get rid of, whereas Glyph Keeper is not. I would try him out, but I feel like I already have enough counters.
5 days ago
TheBooman: That is a great card, being a counter and a creature in one, but what would you recommend removing in favour of it? Spell Queller being rare means I'd have to remove one of my (much more robust) win conditions - Kefnet the Mindful, Glyph Keeper or Sphinx of the Final Word - or my only board wipe in Fumigate. Do you think it's worth one of those slots?